At times, you may regret things you have done or directions you have taken and look at them as wrong. An alternative is to see your life and career as a journey of many trails and turns. The key is to keep going. If you have a failure or make a mistake, it may be leading you somewhere positive that you did not anticipate. Or, if it sends you in a direction you do not want to go, you can course-correct and learn from the experience.
Try developing a long-term, less self-critical approach to what happens on your career path. In doing so, you maintain your momentum, self-confidence and positive point of view.
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Every once in a while it is good to ask, “What’s The Point?” You can ask this question about a number of things – your career, the amount of time you put into your work, your goals or the way you are living your life. In doing so, you re-center and check up on the alignment of your life with what you want to accomplish and be.
How does your answer to this question measure up? Are you where you want to be? Are you moving forward? Hopefully you are. If not, you now have what you need to change direction.
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You lead your life and work. Find ways to check in with yourself to assess if you are living and working in the best way possible for you. Stop periodically to make enhancements, course-corrections and to give yourself what you need to live your best life.
How are life and work going for you, right now, in the present moment?
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You may hear a lot about planning for your life and career. Yes, there are a lot of generalities, advice and platitudes out there. If you have let them slip by, take another look. Planning is well worth your effort and time. What does a plan do for you? It focuses your attention, sets your priorities and requires that you think about what you want your career and life to be.
Compare the differences between having a plan and not having one. Which looks better to you? Granted, without a plan you may feel you have more freedom, but planning is about creating freedom by defining the life you want to live and how you can get there.
Do you have a plan for your life and career? If not, try creating one. It can be short or long-term. Tie it to your dreams and aspirations and you’ll be on your way!
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It is worthwhile periodically to assess where you are and where you are going. How are you doing right now? Are your life and work going in the direction you want them to be going in? Are things going well or are there aspects that could be better?
Take a moment today to look at your life and work in terms of being where you want to be. Make any course corrections you need to. You are the navigator of your life, no one else is. Steer your ship where you want it to go.
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2017 is underway, are you? It is always a good idea to assess where you are in relation to where you want to be. Doing so, allows you to plan your moves accordingly.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
• Since the start of the year, have you been fulfilled in your work?
• What types of emotions have dominated your time at work?
• Have you been appreciated and challenged in your work?
• Is there something you want to change regarding your work?
Being proactive and keeping yourself going in a direction of your choosing prevents your being a victim of circumstance. Be an advocate for your best interests and you will get where you want to be.
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At the start of the new year, are you proactive or reactive? You have a choice – to actively begin the year the way you want it to be or to let the new year take you on a ride that is determined by what happens to you.
What are you beginning this year? What dreams are you moving closer to? What skills are you enhancing? What changes are you preparing for?
Better to set your direction, than to drift without aim. Make 2016 a year of your choosing!
Purpose: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
Recently, someone said to me that they really don’t relate when someone suggests they find their purpose. This comment gave me pause. I often use that phrase; that our life’s journey is to find our purpose. Perhaps it comes down to the reason you exist. On one level, it is about the life you create. Do you have a stated purpose for your life? Have you consciously created a direction for your life with a certain aim in mind? Or, has life just happened to you?
You have unique gifts and you can create your life around them. Maybe that’s how you find your purpose – living the life you truly want to live and using your gifts. What calls you?
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